Tuesday, September 13, 2011

War on Terror
13 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
The War without End?

By Rory Stewart

Sep 12 2011

Afghanistan poses less of a threat to global security than has been imagined. The Taliban are extremely unlikely to be able to seize Kabul, even if there was a very significant reduction in foreign troops. They are even more unlikely to invite al-Qaeda back: Many Taliban leaders see that connection as their fundamental mistake before 9/11. And even with a foothold in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda wouldn’t significantly strengthen its ability to harm the West. The US would respond much more vigorously than it did before 9/11. If the question is about regional stability, Egypt is more important than Afghanistan. If the concern is terrorism, Pakistan is more important. -- Rory Stewart


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